Tuesday 5 March 2024
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University students living in Rushcliffe given community safety advice

Students living in Rushcliffe have received doorstop advice on personal safety, fire safety, accommodation security and social responsibility in a new drive from local partners. 


Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Community Safety Team visited over 200 properties across West Bridgford to give advice on safety, security and crime prevention and a local area guide as well as a practical crime prevention kit. 


They were also joined by representatives from Nottinghamshire Police, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, Nottingham Trent University and Victim Care to share the key messages on staying safe whilst residing in the town.

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The crime prevention items include 24-hour timers for lights, a window or laptop vibration alarm to deter thieves, key concealers, toaster bags to reduce fire risk and personal attack alarms.


Cllr Rob Inglis, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Safety joined the teams visiting properties to learn more about the initiative. 


He said: “We’re pleased to welcome and assist our vibrant student populations in parts of Rushcliffe. This guidance and practical items are delivered on the doorstep with friendly advice from our Community Safety team and partners.


“This provides awareness and understanding of different aspects of safety during their stay and beyond and if they choose to stay in the Borough after their studies, how they can play a responsible role as a resident in their community.”


Guidance included to always walk as part of a group after dark, ensure there are adequate smoke alarms in their property, make sure all doors and windows are closed and locked when leaving, register valuables at www.immobilise.com and to be sensitive to any neighbours in the area. 


A taxi initiative with Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Cars was also promoted, where students who have run out of money or don’t have means to pay with them can get a taxi home and pay for it the following day. 


Students should call Nottingham Cars on 01159 700 700 to book a taxi, stating they need to use the Student Emergency Fare scheme, show their student ID and the driver will then inform the university and give a receipt noting the cost of the journey. 


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